Gabrielle Bell was born in London, England and raised in California. She is the author of six books, including The Voyeurs, Truth is Fragmentary and most recently, Everything is Flammable. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kevin Budnik is a Cartoonist and Illustrator from Chicago. He was nominated for a 2016 Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. He lives in a modest apartment surrounded by VHS tapes and comics.
Emil Ferris is the author of ‘My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Part1’ (Fantagraphics) Emil is also a painter, writer, illustrator and sculptor for the toy industry.
Jesse Jacobs works from his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
His books are available through Koyama Press and his work can be viewed at
Texas-born illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician, Gary Panter is a child of the ’50s who blossomed in the full glare of the psychedelic ’60s and, after surviving underground during the ’70s, finally made his mark in the ’80s as head set designer for the successful kid/adult TV show Pee Wee’s Playhouse, a job which brought his jagged art and surreal cartoon ideas into the homes of America and bagged him two Emmy Awards. His notable underground comics works include Jimbo, Adventures in Paradise, Jimbo’s Inferno and Facetasm. His newest book, Songy of Paradise, published by Fantagraphics, is an inspired interpretation of John Milton’s retelling of the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan.
Ben Passmore is the drawler of the Goodbye, Your Black Friend, and DAYGLOAYHOLE. His comics are about nihilistic sci-fi romps, punk, porn addiction, black alienation, Anarchism, and machete based killing.
He’s a bummer at parties.
Ron Regé, Jr.
Ron Regé, Jr. began self publishing & distributing his own comics in Cambridge, MA during the early 1990’s. His first Graphic Novel Skibber Bee~Bye was published by Highwater Books in 2000. Since then he has published books with Drawn & Quarterly, McSweeney’s, Buenaventura Press, and Fantagraphics Books. The Cartoon Utopia, originally released in 2012 is out now in paperback along with his newest collection What Parsifal Saw. He lives in Los Angeles.
C. Spike Trotman
Spike was born in DC, grew up in MD, and lives in IL, with a dog and a man. She’s the founder of Iron Circus Comics, Chicago’s biggest alt-press publisher, responsible for strange and amazing books such Poorcraft, the Smut Peddler series and more.
Jessi Zabarsky lives in Chicago, drawing comics, growing vegetables, and spotting bunnies. Her comics are about very small spaces and moments in very big worlds.
I am a comics maker and illustrator. I make the fantasy webcomic Gods Can’t Die and a variety of short comics and zines. I love dogs very much.
David Alvarado is an illustrator and cartoonist. Growing up in the Chicago land suburbs he was always drawn to cartoon imiagry, chicago imagists and hand painted signs.
Kurt Ankeny is a cartoonist and painter, author of In Pieces, Saltwater Snow, and Dark Desert Dawn. He is frequently featured on Comics Workbook, and was the writer and artist for the Santoro School Guide to Making Better Comics. He lives in Salem, MA with his family.
Amateur medievalist, disease enthusiast, voice actor, general ne’erdowell.
Rachel Bard is a cartoonist and illustrator who loves monsters, sad stories, and small press publishing. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, where she drew a lot of cute things trying to not get eaten. Now she spends her time making comics, inventing strange new animals, and assembling an endless amount of tiny books.
Hallie Bateman is a writer and illustrator based in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Awl and others. Her first book, published by the Museum of Modern Art, is an interactive journal title “Brave New Work.” Her website is www.halliebateman.com.
Alyssa Berg was raised in the Great Northwest and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her comics have appeared in Smoke Signal, INK BRICK, Perfect Wave magazine and on Comics Workbook and The Rumpus.
Bergen Street Press
Bergen Street Press publishes work by Michel Fiffe (creator of the monthly action series Copra as well as the one-man anthology Zegas, both of which he produces and self publishes under Copra Press) and Charles Forsman (two-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil, and the creator of TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer, and Revenger)
Believed Behavior is an alternative and art comics publisher that focuses on releasing work by Chicago-based cartoonists.
Anna Archie Bongiovanni
Anna Bongiovanni is queer cartoonist living in Minneapolis whose work has been published online, in anthologies, and in mini-comics, and whose first graphic novel, Out of Hollow Water, was published by 2D Cloud in 2013. They are the creator of The Grease Bats, a monthly webcomic for the queer feminist website Autostraddle. Aaron King, describing Anna’s work for Hazel and Wren, writes: “In a world where Archie Comics gets an avalanche of good press for acknowledging that gay men exist, Anna Bongiovanni is doing the real work of portraying queer besties and their daily struggles. The emotional range of the strips is great, from small, everyday worries (combating summer funk by perfecting your chair dance routine) to the wider concerns of queer culture (like the straight gentrification of queer events).” Having self-published over thirty zines and mini-comics, Anna doesn’t shy away from being tough, honest, and self-reflective in their work.
Bred Press is an artist books, comics, and zine publishing house located in Chicago. Started by Brad Rohloff in 2014, it provides a platform by which to support contemporary artists working within the medium of printed and published matter. I love you.
Tony Breed is the man behind the web comics Muddlers Beat (http://muddlersbeat.com) and Finn and Charlie are Hitched (http://hitchedcomic.com, nominated for an Ignatz in 2011). Both are newspaper style slice-of-life-comics with the same cast. Muddlers Beat is about the creative floundering of a group of young and middle-aged people; Hitched tells the story of married gay couple and their friends. Expect jokes about indie rock, romance, sperm banks, and depression. In addition to making comics, Tony is a founding member of Chicago’s CHIRP Radio (http://chirpradio.org), where he DJs every Friday morning.
Haleigh Buck is a comic book artist from Baltimore, MD. Specializing in highly detailed autobiographic comics about (trying) to get over high anxiety and depression.
Scott Bufis & Matthew Salazar (Two Tone Comix)
Just a couple of lizard boys making alternative comics in Chicago. Our current series, Esoteric Dialogue, tells short stories based in conspiracy theories, alternative history, and philosophy. We also contribute short comics to local magazines.
Tyrell is a comic book artist living and working in Chicago, IL. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he is known for his comics Gary, Simon, and Victus. Additionally, he is the co-editor of the science fiction romance comics anthology Speculative Relationships. Tyrell strives to explore a variety of stories and ideas through the medium of comics.
Sally Cantirino grew up in NJ but now casts spells and makes comics from the swamps of Gainesville, FL.
Caroline Cash is a cartoonist currently getting her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She utilizes the accessibility of comics as a medium in order to maximize its potential to be shared with more people. She especially enjoys using humor as a tool to both grant the reader and entry point into her work, as well as help address the issues the work focuses on with greater ease. By playing with preconceived notions the reader has, she uses the expected in an unexpected way. She also loves long walks on the beach, grilled cheese sandwiches, and anyone who took the time to read this artist statement.
Mike Centeno grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and witnessed a country corrupted by a surplus of riches, and an excessively short-sighted culture. In spite all of that, he seems to be real jolly guy. Ask him to tell you a joke; he’ll probably try, he’s a real push-over like that. He has been living in the U.S. for about 6 years and so far, still seems to be mildly depressed. He loves movies, cartoons, and dystopian futures. Also, Pizza. Always pizza.
Mary Climes (aka Mary Slimes) is a cartoonist/ comic artist who is currently a student at SAIC. Her work mostly revolves around her former home of the Jersey Shore, underage drinking, and her complicated love of Alf.
An enveloping odor holds your nasal cavity hostage as your eyes are held captive to the dancing delinquency apparent in the funny books collected under your peepers.
Comic Book Slumber Party
CBSP is an international girl gang of comics creators making books as bad ass as we are.
Gabi is a comics maker and illustrator and likes drawing monsters and fantasy but also like cute stuff?? it all works out.
Culdesac Press is a small design, illustration and print studio based in Chicago, IL.
Czap Books (pronounced “chap books”) is a micro-press based in Providence, RI dedicated to publishing genre-defying comics that celebrate the poetic, the personal, and the weird.
MK Czerwiec (Comic Nurse)
MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick) is a nurse and the Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. With UK physician-cartoonist Ian Williams, she co-runs GraphicMedicine.org a website devoted to the intersection of comics and health. She is a co-author of the Eisner Award nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Penn State University Press, 2015) and her first graphic memoir, Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, will be published by Penn State University Press in March of 2017.
Ezra Claytan Daniels
Writer and illustrator of The Changers, Black Violet, and Upgrade Soul.
M. Dean is an illustrator and cartoonist currently based in New York. She works regularly on two webcomics (The Girl Who Flew Away and Coming Soon: Regents Walk) as well short comics and illustration
DETROIT COMIX PARTY
detroit comix party has taken many forms over the years: starting as a weekly collaborative drawing night for local artists, taking a detour into aktionist-performance, doubling back to be a thoroughly nihilistic podcast, evolving into a pretty fun-loving public access talk show, and settling down to where we are now: a small-scale producer of beautifully bound and printed books and artist-multiples; for-hire consultancy for like-minded artists, writers and illustrators; and promoters and organizers of a large-scale trade-show and symposium for independent publishers and book-artists. detroit comix party is operated entirely by kevin eckert and michael burridge, multimedia artists and entrepreneurs at-large. Truth Dart is their ongoing series of comix, focusing on the nature of friendship.
Barry Deutsch lives in Portland, Oregon, in a bright blue house with pink trim and varying numbers of housepets, housemates, and nieces. In addition to political cartoons, his comics include “Hereville,” about “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish Girl,” and “SuperButch” with Becky Hawkins, about a 1940s lesbian superhero protecting the bar scene from corrupt cops.
Soumya Dhulekar is an illustrator and performer based in Philadelphia, PA. She performs in comedy shows around the city, and consistently produces comics, prints, and zines. Dhulekar’s work is a reclamation of her identity as a woman of color; she uses humor to present and navigate situations concerning her adulthood, Indian-American culture, and relationships.
Krystal DiFronzo (b.1989) is a cartoonist, artist, and educator based in Chicago. Her work has been published by kuš!, Believed Behavior, and Bred Press as well as in many self-published books. She has a chipped tooth, a sharp laugh, and is as careful as a hammer.
downfall arts is a comics and artist book publication focusing on telling the history of the future and we work with a pizza cult.
Kinoko’s a long time zinester and comics artist, creator of Magical Character Rabbit and Epic of Gilgamesh comics. Kinoko lives in Portland, OR making pictures and teaching art.
Failing Sky / Villainette
Scout Tran-Caffee’s weekly comic is called Villainette, which puts a light-hearted spin on heavy gender issues. Her serialized internet graphic novel, Failing Sky, was nominated for Eisner Awards in 2014 and 2015. She holds a BFA from California College of Arts & Crafts, an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a slingshot enthusiast. She is one of the founding members of the Degenderettes, a multi-city feminist-genderqueer gender gang that is currently relabeling every gendered bathroom sign in the country.
Fantagraphics Books Inc
Publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists
Kelly Fernandez is a cartoonist and illustrator from Queens, New York. She enjoys making comics based on folklore, monsters, video games, and brave women. You could see more of her work online.
Kelly Fernandez is the 2017 recipient of the Cupcake Award!